Design West 2013 Post Show Report

April 30, 2013, 9:20 am

Embedded Wireless Solutions Design West Booth

Laird Technologies recently exhibited its Embedded Wireless Solutions at Design West 2013 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. This three-day technical conference  featured more than 250 exhibitors and offered  over 150 technical lectures, panels, tutorials, certification programs, and hands-on training sessions. For more information about Design West conference and exhibition, click here.

The Laird booth at Design West was part of the M2M Zone, which featured embedded machine-to-machine (M2M) for a variety of applications and markets. In addition to Wi-Fi, Classic Bluetooth and RAMP (Range-Amplified Multipoint) modules, the Laird booth showcased the newly released BL600 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)  module.  BLE applications were a hot topic of discussion for many show attendees.  Some of the advantages of the BLE protocol are:

  1. Low power consumption, operating for months and even years on a single coin cell battery
  2. Small size and relatively low cost
  3. Compatibility with a large installed base of mobile phones, tablets, and computers

What sets the BL600 apart is Laird's smartBASIC, is an event-driven programming language that enables standalone operation of the module whereby sensors can be attached via any of the interfaces without the need for an external processor. A simple smartBASIC application encapsulates the complete end-to-end process of reading, writing, and processing of sensor data and then using BLE to transfer it to any Bluetooth v4.0 device – smartphone, tablet, gateway, or computer. Ultimately smartBASIC accelerates initial development, creation of prototypes, and mass production by providing you with your own BLE expert within the module. For more information about the BL600 including documentation, specifications and certifications, click here.